What the people of Patna saw on Sunday looked like some river swirling through their 'mohallas', but in reality it was dirty drain water, entering their residences and throwing their life haywire.
Rains are welcome, but around 10 centimetres of rainfall since Saturday just swept away any semblance of municipal administration in the state capital. Except the unscientifically elevated major roads of the city, all other parts were submerged.
It also showed that the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) never learns from its mistakes, nor prepares itself for the rains. The only respite was that it being a holiday, the schoolchildren and the office-goers did not have to contend with the filth and muck flowing all around.
"On Sundays also we need to go out for shopping or other works. But today we could not move out. The entire area is under water. We are even afraid of taking out our vehicles, as they may get stuck," said Reeta Das, a resident of Rajendra Nagar road number 10.
The area around Moinul Haq stadium, Kazipur, Bhikhna Pahari, Ramna Road, Naya Tola, Machhua Toli and Daryapur became out of bounds for smaller vehicles. People had to navigate the area either on foot or vehicles that were high enough to survive the whirlpools.
Those residing in Kankarbagh had to fish out their wooden benches and charpoys to prepare a walkway through their homes. Water inundated not only the main roads, but also all the side roads in the area. The worst sufferers were those residing in the rental flats and the MIG colony as water flooded the ground floors of most of the buildings.
Tarkeshwar Ojha of MIG Colony, seen throwing out buckets of water from his house said, "This is utter shame. PMC has no technical expert. Nobody knows what it thinks, what it plans and what it does. There are no emergency preparations made to tackle such situations."
"Movement is the main problem, otherwise we have become habituated to this kind of waterlogging. The situation never improves," said PK Chaudhary, a Bihar government employee residing in PC Colony. The entire Kadamkuan, Lohanipur, Pirmuhani, Salimpur Ahra, Lalji Tola, Bakerganj, Sabzibagh and localities close to the Nala Road were submerged under knee to thighdeep water. The drains were clogged and heaps of garbage lay close to them unattended.
"This is mainly faulty planning. The entire drainage system has collapsed. Most of the drains that worked for decades have become non-functional due to various reasons and no attention have been paid to them. The whole system is on god's mercy," said Manoj Kumar, a resident of Congress Maidan locality.
The residents of SK Puri, SK Nagar, Boring Road, Boring Canal Road, Rajiv Nagar, Indira Nagar, Rajbanshi Nagar, Punaichak, MLA flats and Gardanibagh also bore the brunt of the rains during this last phase of monsoon.
PMC Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal, as usual, could not be contacted despite several attempts. After all, this was a day when the corporation's work became apparent to everybody.